Pankhurst Wines is located on the rolling granite hills at Hall just
to the north west of Canberra and nearby the Murrumbidgee River. At
approximately 20 kilometres to the GPO, and near the ACT border,
we are one of the closest vineyards to Canberra.
Canberra District vineyards are gaining enormous profile for quality
and a recognition for being a true area of boutique and friendly wineries. The quality
has been exhibited in many capital and regional shows over the last
The Canberra District is generally known as "cool climate"
in terms of wine styles. Our vineyard site and management practices
are designed to make optimum use of the local climatic conditions. Cold
air drainage down into the Murrumbidgee valley ensures little concern
over the possibility of frost damage at critical times. Management practices
are designed to assist this. The warm dry conditions of summer provide
an ideal environment for vigorous growth. The most important feature
of the local climate is the long fruit ripening period. Warm days and
cool nights during autumn result in high acid to sugar ratios in the
grape juice. This provides the basis for production of high quality
wines with good cellaring potential.
The vineyard spans some of the northern slopes of "Old Woodgrove",
a part of the historic "Woodgrove" property, and takes advantage
of the local microclimate and soil conditions. Soils are of weathered
granite origin and of good depth. The previous use of the land for grazing
has built up the organic levels in the soils, giving them good moisture
holding characteristics. Although quite acid originally, soil treatments
in preparation for planting have aimed at increasing the pH levels towards
the more optimum for high quality grape production.
We have just over 12 acres of vineyard, the planting of which was spread between
1986 and 1999. The following table shows the area of each variety:
Our vineyard has been established with modern and quality systems. The
trellising system is highly innovative and is designed for high quality
grape production and good yields.
Quality is the key in describing our approach to wines marketed under
the Pankhurst label. We make wines only from fruit from our own vineyard.
We aim to produce wines with good cellaring potential yet smooth and
easy on the palate at an early age.
Our first Cabernet Merlot produced (1990) came second in the country
in the Winewise Parkroyal Small Winemakers competition. We have gone
on to earn medals and accolades each vintage.
We believe in using professionals to provide a professional
result and thus, unlike many small family wine enterprises, we have
our wines made by experts. Our winemaker for the Burgundy styles is Sue Carpenter, a well-known character in the District and a great winemaker. The more Bordeaux styles are made by Dr Roger Harris.